The Disappeared / Los Desaparecidos


On view until January 2008 at SITE in Santa Fe in New Mexico is a group show titled “The Disappeared / Los Desaparecidos.” The exhibition contains work by 27 contemporary artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Colombia and Guatemala. In the last decades of the twentieth century, disappear was used as a transitive verb to identify people who were kidnapped, tortured and killed by their own governments during the rule of military dictatorships. These artists’ lives have been overwhelmingly affected by the politics in Latin America. Some of them worked in the resistance, while others had parents or siblings who disappeared and others were forced into exile. The youngest were born into the aftermath of those dictatorships. Below is the list of artists contributing to the show: Marcelo Brodsky, Luis Camnitzer, Juan Manuel Echavarria, Nelson Leirner, Sara Maneiro, Ivan Navarro, Oscar Munoz, Luis Gonzales Palma, Ana Tiscornia and Fernando Traverso.